(latest update: 11 January 2011)

Lecture Series at CHIME archive

From 31 January to 9 May 2011 CHIME will again hold a weekly seminar on Chinese music in cooperation with the Sinological Institute of Leiden University. The seminar will take place once a week on Mondays from 13:15 to 15:00 at the CHIME archive, Gerecht 1, Leiden (the Netherlands). It is meant for 3rd year students of Sinology, Musicology and Anthropology, as well as for advanced music conservatory students. Topics range from traditions of rural music and practical concerns of musical fieldwork in China to new traditions and Chinese avant garde composers. A selection of specific genres, like opera, instrumental ensembles, storytellers, ritual village festivals, the ancient zither guqin, folk songs, and avant-garde music will be discussed in more detail. Students are actively involved in the seminar via listening experiments, practical assignments, interviews with musicians (who are invited to participate in the seminar) and discussion of film fragments and reading assignments. For more details, please contact the lecturers, Frank Kouwenhoven and Antoinet Schimmelpenninck at

HISTORY (Chime projects/concerts 2007-2010):

Chime was cultural advisor for many of the music and opera projects of the Europalia festival, Brussels, October 2009 - February 2010. This also included curation of an exhibition on Chinese puppet theatre. For more information, see

Chime celebrated the Chinese New Year with
Living Memories, a unique Chinese Opera Project, February 13-14 2010

Starring Taiwan's most celebrated Peking opera actor Wu Hsing-kuo in King Lear, Ke Jun, China's best Kun Opera singer in Hiding/Fleeing, and Sichuan opera actress Tian Mansha in Sigh. Three breath-taking one-man operas. Not to be missed!!

Saturday 13 February 2010: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 15:00 / 20:15hrs
Sunday 14 February 2010: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam, 15:00 / 20:15hrs

for more information, see:

Chinese New Year Concert with China's 'golden voice' Gong Linna
Monday 26 January 2009: Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Tuesday 27 January 2009: Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Utrecht

She stems from Guizhou Province in the wild south of China. She grew up with the sounds of rough Chinese folk music in her ears, but received a classical vocal training at the China Conservatory (Zhongguo yinyue xueyuan) in Beijing. Singer Gong Linna (b.1975), not one to be pigeon-holed easily, ultimately developed into a veritable vocal chameleon. Initially she rode the waves as a popstar, but at the summit of her fame she exchanged the facile paved roads of Chinese state folklore for a much more personal style.
Linna is an absolutely delightful singer ('she sings the stars from heaven') in a remarkably broad repertoire, ranging from ancient court poetry from the Tang Dynasty to Chinese pop, and from raucous folk to delicate and refined modern compositions.
In her two concerts in Holland she is accompanied by the young and fiery Galatea String Quartet from Zuerich, consiting of. This Quartet will also perform some instrumental works. The arrangements are by Linna's fixed composer Robert Zollitsch (Lao Luo).

Concertgebouw A'dam, Concertgebouwplein 2-6, ma 26 jan 2009, 20.15 hrs
Box office: 020-6718345 or via
Tickets: 31,50 EUR or (CJP) 21,00 EUR.

Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh, Servaasbolwerk 1a, Utrecht, di 27 jan 2009, 20 hrs.
Box office: 030-2314544 or via Tickets: 22 EUR.


CHIME Concert series at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Dec 2008 - April 2009.
Third edition of the successful Chime series "China in Contrasts", starring:

Tuesday 16 December 2008.
Liu Fang and Friends, with Liu Fang (pipa), Yoshio Kurahashi (shakuhashi), Balake Sissoko (kora), Ziya Tabassian (percussion) and Malcolm Goldstein (violin).

Tuesday 10 February 2009.
Trio Min-Wu-Xu, with Min Xiaofen (pipa), Wu Wei (sheng) and Xu Fengxia (zheng), and Norman Perryman (kinetical painting).

Tuesday 14 April 2009.
Shawms and drums from Changsha (Hunan Province) with the Flower Drum Ensemble from Changsha.

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Chinese Shadows. CHIME project including a concert series, lectures, workshops and an exhibition. (Autumnt 2007 - spring 2009)
(This project was kindly supported by the Netherlands-China Arts Foundation, VSBFund and the Leiden Municipal Government. The concert tour was produced by RASA Productions (Utrecht))

Exhibition on Shadow Puppet theatre from Huanxian at the Library of the Sinology Institute of Leiden University, Arsenaalstraat 1, Leiden, 15 November 2007 - 16 May 2009 (admission free). Featuring 124 ravishing shadow puppets from the collection of Mr Bai Xueming (Huanxian, Gansu province). The reading rooms of the library held more than a hundred photographs showing the rural surroundings in which this genre is embedded. Also on display were various marionettes, musical instruments, old librettos and tools to make the puppets.

Workshops From February to May 2008, CHIME presented workshops to children from primary schools in and around Leiden, introducing them to the word of Chinese shadow puppetry, and giving them a go at making their own puppet play. The children were also shown around the Sinology library, given a demonstration on a genuine Chinese typewriter, and they could glance the compact library at which more than 300.000 books are stored. For a photo impression of one such workshop, see

Concerts After the great success of the Shadow Puppet performances October 2007, RASA world music productions and Chime decided to invite another group of rural shadow puppet theatre players from Huanxian to tour Holland and Belgium again in May 2008. This tour included the following concerts:

Groninger Museum
7 & 8 May 2008, 14:00, performance for children
8 & 9 May 2008, 20:30 (pre-programme 19:00 hrs: documentary film Chinese Shadows)

Nijmegen, 24th Music Meeting
10-11-12 May, Park Brakkenstein

Antwerp, Zuiderpesthuis
14 May, 20:30 (+ pre-programme, documentary film Chinese Shadows)

Utrecht, RASA
15 May 20:30 (pre-programme 19:30 hrs: documentary film Chinese Shadows)

Leiden, Leids Volkshuis
16 May 15:30 performance for children
16 May 19:30 (+ extra:17:00 hrs: documentary film Chinese Shadows)
Price tickets: Eur 15, or Eur 10 for children up to 12 years old. Film free for those who have a ticket for one of the performances. Please reserve tickets via 071-5133974.

Amsterdam, KIT Tropentheater
17 May 20:30 (+ pre-programme, documentary film Chinese Shadows)

Utrecht, De Wijde Wereld
18 May14:30 performance for children

The Concert series of this project further included:

Shadow puppet theatre from Huanxian (Gansu Province):
30 October 2007 in Parkstad Limburg (Heerlen)
1 November in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)
(pre-programme 19:00 hrs: documentary on Shadow Theatre from Huanxian)
3 November in RASA (Utrecht)
(pre-programme: documentary on Shadow Theatre)
4 November 2 special performances for children, RASA (Utrecht);

Han Mei and Red Chamber:
26 Feb 2008 Parkstad Limburg (Heerlen);
27 Feb Vredenburg/Leeuwenbergh (Utrecht)
29 Feb Concertgebouw (Amsterdam)

Chaozhou Ensemble:
18 March 2008 Concergebouw (Amsterdam)
19 March Vredenburg/Leeuwenbergh (Utrecht)
25 March Parkstad Limburg (Heerlen)